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Seeing Red At Bob's
Getting Tabled At Bob Evans
Apologetic comments by Bob Evans Chief Executive Officer Mickey Mills and her quick agreement to rectify the unpermitted painting of the restaurant at State and Huber Village ended with tabling the requested approval so city staff can help the company find a solution to the problem.
Mills told the commission “We’re sorry we painted the building without permission. We were confused about the overlay district requirements.”
All the planning commission members seemed dismayed that Bob Evans would have painted the building without consultation with the city.
Commissioner Steven Munger told Mills during questioning that “the red is far outside of subtlety. That’s the nicest way I can say it.” Mill responded telling him the comment was fair.
Munger also told Mills about the recent approval process for rebuilding the Arby’s restaurant a few blocks away and requiring a modification in its approval request to deny the use of specific corporate colors not allowed in the overlay district.
Commissioner Paul Johnson reminded Mills that the Bob Evans in New Albany, where the company is headquartered, that “there isn’t any red on that building at all. Even your logo, a sign, is on a green background. I am befuddled why you would even think of painting over the brick. This is far too much to accept here in Westerville.”
After discussion about the best way to exact control over the company removing the paint or painting over it, the commission agreed to table the proposal until the January meeting when Bob Evans will submit plans to make repairs.
The Planning Commission is available on Westerville TV.
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Run Rudolph, Run
Before the parade, before the floats, before the fire trucks and “Keep Christ in Christmas” banner, there is the Rudolph Run, the 3-mile race sponsored by the Westerville Lions Club.
The attire can sometimes be festive, such as Santa racing to his sleigh, with only the spirit of Christmas and the finish line as the requirements for participants.
The race begins Sunday, December 3, at 2 pm with the Children’s Christmas Parade to follow at 4 pm.